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by Dave Thomas
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Tree blockage on the Tywi
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Tree blockage on the Tywi

There's absolutely no way through for even kayaks at low (0.6 on the Dolauhirion gauge) levels. Some of our group clambered/dragged boats over the trees/rocks on the RH bank and then put in just below - most of us had more sense and took the river left bank/field portage.
by Dave Thomas
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River Monnow
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: River Monnow

That's great info - many thanks!
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River Monnow
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: River Monnow

yes, please?
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River Monnow
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: River Monnow

Grid references?
by Dave Thomas
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Lower Grywne
Replies: 7
Views: 1743

Re: Lower Grywne

0.27 sounds low - I've always thought of 0.4 as reasonable minimum level. Is it really reasonably scrape-free at that level? I'm guessing you have to carry down to the confluence of the stream at the put-in rather than paddle down the stream?
by Dave Thomas
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost on Tryweryn - Sunday 06/09/15
Replies: 0
Views: 751

Lost on Tryweryn - Sunday 06/09/15

Lost last Sunday during a moderately epic-filled Tryweryn day:
1. Elderly club paddle: Black blades, aluminium shaft with blue tape at one end of shaft - lost on lower river
2. White Shred Ready Super Scrappy helmet: lost just below Miss Davis's Bridge
Any news gratefully received!

cheers

Dave
by Dave Thomas
Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Wales Sea Kayak Meet 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 6657

Re: West Wales Sea Kayak Meet 2015

stormkayaker wrote:Mike has promised to arrange winds of F4 or less unlike the last time...
Hmm!
by Dave Thomas
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?
Replies: 28
Views: 2870

Re: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?

I've managed to convince myself that, using a 'middling feather, when I make the effort of concentration to sustain a really high-paddle-angle forward paddling stroke, my wrists rotate very little in going from a stroke on one side to the other. In other words, both wrist remain 'straight' and all t...
by Dave Thomas
Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The West Cornwall Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 4450

Re: The West Cornwall Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Richard

Are you hosting the August Bank Holiday 'Rally' this year?

regards

Dave
by Dave Thomas
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found - Upper Guidance (S bend) - Throwline
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Re: Found - Upper Guidance (S bend) - Throwline

That should of course have read Upper Guisane !

Now back in the UK - complete with said throwline ........
by Dave Thomas
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Briancon Gorge - paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 689

Re: Lost - Briancon Gorge - paddle

Paddle is a nylon-bladed 'Streamlyte'.

Now back in UK - but maybe a British paddler might find it?
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found - Upper Guidance (S bend) - Throwline
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Found - Upper Guidance (S bend) - Throwline

Found Monday afternoon 22 June. If you think it's yours, pm me with details.
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Briancon Gorge - paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 689

Lost - Briancon Gorge - paddle

Lost Monday 22 June between the end of the Gorge and the weir in town - paddle with club markings and phone number. Probably initially trapped on river bed, but may come free and show up. Would be grateful to hear of any sitings.
by Dave Thomas
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Claree - 'Gorilla' paddle
Replies: 0
Views: 555

Lost - Claree - 'Gorilla' paddle

Has phone number on it, but if anyone happens to find it and the number is indecipherable, I'd be delighted
to hear from you. Dave
by Dave Thomas
Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: P&H rope skeg^
Replies: 24
Views: 4217

Re: P&H rope skeg^

Or contact P&H and buy a replacement mk2 skeg slider kit. Vastly superior to the mk 1 and less 'making good' required than appears to be necessary with the Kajaksport version. Yes, the cord/bungee arrangement needs a bit of routine maintenance (occasionally cleaning out sand & grit from the skeg axl...
by Dave Thomas
Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales this weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 790

North Wales this weekend

Hi all

Usual sort of question! Club trip to N Wales mooted this weekend, and everywhere dry as a bone! Is anything running at G3-ish in Snowdonia (even if not exciting!)? Otherwise, I guess it's the Dee and the Tryweryn.

cheers

Dave
by Dave Thomas
Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: River Usk - Sennybridge to Aberbran Bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 3582

Re: River Usk - Sennybridge to Aberbran Bridge

If you sit below the drop in your boat, you will be slowly drawn towards the centre of the horseshoe - even in very low conditions, let alone Sunday's medium-low level. It's always happened, and I would say it's always been known as a risk. I always make sure that one or more competent paddlers lead...
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Zet water bottle Crickhowell
Replies: 1
Views: 677

Re: Zet water bottle Crickhowell

Sorry - didn't spot your bottle (or hear of anyone else who did) either!

Dave
by Dave Thomas
Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Missing watch - Talybont/Crickhowell
Replies: 1
Views: 653

Missing watch - Talybont/Crickhowell

Hi Managed to mislay my watch while getting changed yesterday morning (Sunday 25th Jan) - either at Talybont put-in (on road or in field just below stile) or possibly at Crickhowell take-out (was parked on verge up the road towards Llangynidr) - I was finishing putting my drysuit on while waiting fo...
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South Lakes Bunkhouses and Rivers
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: South Lakes Bunkhouses and Rivers

Thorney How Independent Hostel in Grasmere is well worth a look.

wwww.thorneyhow.co.uk
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is there a "Greasy Spoon" in Dulverton ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Is there a "Greasy Spoon" in Dulverton ?

Last time we were there, some of our guys found a shop/cafe near the top of the street on the right, which did greasy. Food took a fair time to appear, though - and I don't know what time they opened as we were down for the day so probably didn't get there till 9:30.
by Dave Thomas
Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Overhang
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

Re: Overhang

I thought that the relevant width was the extreme widest part of the body (ie excluding wing/door mirrors), and that basing on width over mirrors was common misconception.
by Dave Thomas
Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 13
Views: 4528

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

The works associated with the replacement bridge at the Burial Chamber (just below Junction Pool) put-in have now been competed. The layby has been formalised (tidied up, kerbed, etc) but all of the land on either side of the bridge both sides of the river is now fenced off with substantial chest-hi...
by Dave Thomas
Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Interaction with shipping
Replies: 41
Views: 2900

Re: Interaction with shipping

Well, 43 wouldn't have been going fast, scallop dredging - and I wouldn't want to get tangled with the dredge cable.
by Dave Thomas
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 13
Views: 4528

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

I think the tree at the end of the last mini-gorge may be the same one that has been there for years - it was certainly there witheteh same configuration last year. I suspect it is well covered at higher levels because the constriction causes the water to back up substantially there, and hence cover...
by Dave Thomas
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rivers 'oop north' this weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 1327

Re: Rivers 'oop north' this weekend

Great weekend! Saturday, the Kent was a scrape on the open sections but a nice introduction to the more interesting stuff - that is until we had a shoulder dislocation on the L-shaped drop which meant that the half of the group who were planning to attempt Force Falls didn't get their chance to do s...
by Dave Thomas
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rivers 'oop north' this weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 1327

Rivers 'oop north' this weekend

Hi all Seeking some local advice from the North Country, please! A group from our club are scheduled to be paddling 'up North' this weekend - no accommodation booked yet, but thinking Lakes or Tees-Tyne areas. My assessment is that paddling opportunities will be restricted to Leven, Kent,Tees (Low F...
by Dave Thomas
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Upper Wye trees
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Re: Upper Wye trees

It's the most significant rapid in the 'mini-gorge' above the Marteg confluence.
by Dave Thomas
Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Levels - Useful Tool
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: River Levels - Useful Tool

I would suspect that the updates to the EA graphs occur less frequently than data are received from the gauges - unless anyone knows otherwise. The frequency of updating the graph varies from region to region (sometimes only once per day on some rivers during periods of 'quiet' weather), whereas eve...
by Dave Thomas
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Wales..Not responding to my enquiries
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

Re: Canoe Wales..Not responding to my enquiries

If Canoe Wales operates the same system as Canoe England, clubs have a number of licences (CE is 3 inclusive in affiliation fee plus extras at additional cost). You might be able to use one of these, if surplus to requirements to licence club boats?